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Friday Favorite: Handbrake bridges the gap between DVDs and my iPad

Fact: It is often ridiculously cheaper to buy physical DVDs off Amazon than to purchase the same material in an existing digital format from your vendor of choice, like iTunes.

Case in point, a friend of mine and I recently started watching Conviction, a one-season series that broadcast a few years ago.

Shipped via Amazon Prime (unfortunately not Amazon Prime Air), the three-disc set cost all of US$3-7 depending on which day you shopped for it. Amazon prices jump around a lot day by day. The same series would have cost $20 at iTunes. Ripping DVDs does take extra time — both for shipping the product as well as performing the rips, but the results are satisfying. One of our TUAW staffers adds, “I always get a Blu-ray/DVD combo pack. I rip the DVD and keep the Blu-ray for when I care about the quality of picture.”

iOS 7.1 Beta 2 Download For iPhone, iPad And iPod touch Released

You can download iOS 7.1 beta 2 right now! Apple has today released iOS 7.1 beta 2 for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch to individuals enrolled in the iOS Developer Program. The release follows on from the iOS 7.1 beta 1 that became available on November 19th, and although we aren’t seeing any major new feature implementations, it should go some way to appeasing those users with significant stability issues. Apple has clearly been taking note of developer feedback over the last few months, with iOS 7.1 starting to seriously address a number of issues that have been plaguing users after its September launch.

Rather than adding in any new additional features or large-scale functionality, the update brings with it a number of important bug fixes and system wide stability improvements. Keen-eyed developers who are already testing out the first beta of 7.1 will probably have come across a number of extremely minor interface changes. Changes to the wording in Notification Center as well as the adding the new Yahoo! logo in the Weather app are unlikely to raise excitement levels with end-users. However, the overall focus of this 7.1 update should definitely impress developers who have been experiencing a number of development related issues with Apple’s frameworks and APIs.

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Cut The Rope 2 Gameplay Trailer Released Ahead Of Big Launch [VIDEO]

Of all the games to benefit from the smartphone boom, Cut The Rope has emerged triumphant. Despite the App and Google Play Stores both having popularized hundreds of great titles, a few, such as Angry Birds, Tiny Wings and Temple Run stick in the mind as stand-outs, and Cut The Rope must surely be revered among these other modern classics. As has been common knowledge for a while now, the sequel, appropriately entitled Cut The Rope 2, is incoming, and today, the first official game play trailer has been released.

Although this is the second major Cut The Rope title, creator Zeptolab did actually release Cut The Rope: Experiments a couple of years back, containing some challenges unfamiliar to the seasoned CtR user. As enjoyable as this minor release was, ardent fans were waiting for the second-coming of the original, and now, it is almost here.

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BBC Sport comes to iPad

BBC has updated its wildly poplar BBC Sport app to finally add iPad support. BBC Sport for iOS originally launched way back in the first week of January, 2013. The app quickly went to the top of the UK app store charts but many lamented the fact that it did not natively support the iPad. With BBC Sport version 1.4.2 released yesterday, now it does.

BBC Sport allows users to watch live matches of sporting events and catch up with video-on-demand highlights as well as listen to Live streams of BBC Radio 5 live and BBC Radio 5 live sports extra while you browse the app. The app features dedicated indexes for numerous sports, including football, Formula 1 and cricket as well as special sections with news and video for UK nations and global events including the 2014 World Cup, the Sochi Winter Olympics, and the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.

BBC Sport is a free download.

Sonic The Hedgehog 2 Remaster Hits iOS And Android [Download Link]

Nintendo may be playing hard ball with regards to releasing and re-releasing titles on mobile devices outside its own DS portable console, but other celebrated gaming outfits have adapted their games rather nicely to the touch-screen. SEGA is one such company, and having already released several variations of games featuring the speedy, spiky character of Sonic, the remaster of the classic Sonic The Hedgehog 2 has just been readied for those on iOS and Android. Details, as well as the download link, can be seen after the fold.

Sonic 2 has been out for a while on both of the major two platforms, but SEGA felt it necessary to remaster the initial release. The decision looks to have paid off, with a significant improvement in general aesthetics throughout, and although those older graphics can be quite charming and enhance the feeling of nostalgia when playing an old title, the touch-ups certainly make things a tad easier on the eye on these higher resolution displays, which is a real deal maker by a huge margin.


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